Museum of Transport Greater Manchester

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Museum of Transport Greater Manchester

Museum of Transport Greater Manchester
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Open on Wednesday, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 1000 to 1630. No booking necessary. Keep checking our website for information. Twitter and Facebook update regularly. Discover Greater Manchester's public road transport history with the Museum of Transport, approximately one mile north of Manchester City Centre near Manchester Fort Shopping Park. Take a trip back in time with one of Britain’s biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams. From a Victorian horse drawn bus to the prototype Metrolink tram, see fascinating vehicles that took Greater Manchester folk to work, shops and outings to the coast and countryside. Free heritage bus rides on certain days Easter to Sept.
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MFPthetraveller
North East England312 contributions
Couples
Fantastic Museum!
Run by volunteers and an absolutely treasure chest of delights - and not just for ‘bus anoraks’.
This museum is full of memories - of catching the bus to school, work, shopping, or a night out. The many restored buses - and some have been brought back from the dead - and the thousands of posters and other artefacts - my late father wore the conductor and driver badges in Stockton for sone years and I recall playing with the clippy machine as a child - serve as a reminder of a transport infrastructure that surrounds us yet is all too often invisible.
The museum brings everything to life with great explanatory signs and absorbing videos.
On the day we visited there were even free bus rides - enjoyed by young and old alike.
The cafe - set out like a bus drivers rest room - was pleasant and clean, with helpful (volunteer) staff, and extremely good value for money.
Wonderful place!!
Written 9 August 2022
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Geoff. Hewitt
22 contributions
A wide range of preserved buses, mainly impressively restored, and with interesting details about the origins and careers of each one. As someone who attended Manchester University in the early seventies, seeing in a museum vehicles which I saw in service in the streets back then profoundly depressed me for the rest of the day, as many seemed to have weathered the intervening years better than I have!

I was torn between four and five stars, but as an electric tramcar fanatic, I couldn't quite manage five, but I will be going again.
Written 31 July 2022
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Ben
Liverpool, UK6 contributions
Family
We took our bus obsessed 2 year old. He had fun getting on the buses but there wasn't a lot else for him so we didn't stay long. No fault of the museum, it's just aimed at people who actually want to learn about the history of transport.
Written 2 June 2022
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK19,957 contributions
This well established museum opened to the public on 27 May 1979. The day-to-day running of the museum is carried out by volunteers and it is housed in a former bus depot. The museum has one of the largest in the country (about 80 Vehicles) which are swapped around. There are several events per year; we attended the "Christmas Cracker" and took the opportunity of taking a free bus ride into the city centre on a vintage double decker. There are a number of highlights which include the 1890 Horse Bus, Single Deck Coach - Warburton Bros (Bury) Ltd, and the 1949 Bullock Bro's single decker to name a few. There is a cafe on site and a small shop and to get in is a very reasonable fee.
Written 16 December 2021
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lh01_12
manchester12 contributions
I went under sufferance as my other half wanted to go, but enjoyed it more than I thought I would. We went on a day when the heritage buses were running from the city centre to the museum, which was probably the highlight of the visit. I think the museum is really for enthusiasts and small children, but it was interesting and reasonably priced. The cafe however gets a special mention as the food and drink were delicious and very reasonably priced.
Written 5 December 2021
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK483 contributions
Family
Nice museum but VERY bus orientated. The good news is, you are allowed on some of them. Gift shop is reasonably priced imo. On some days they do vintage bus rides :)
Written 8 October 2021
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Michael N
Cheadle Hulme, UK4,019 contributions
Have not been at the museum for over 30 years so difficult to remember what it was like.
On a Wednesday afternoon found it was very quiet, more staff/volunteers than customers.
Enjoyed pleasant time looking around at various old buses and a prototype of the Metro trams.
Lots of historical info (often too much to read) brought back many memories. Getting on double decker buses where I had to duck and stand awkwardly illustrated the difference to current vehicles.
All in all a very good afternoon out at a reasonable cost. Would have been free if I had waited a few days until the Heritage Open Days but I had other thing planned.
Written 3 October 2021
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Roddy
Manchester, UK1 contribution
Couples
The bus picked us in the city center of manchester, it was a old bus like the one that you can see in Harry Potter 3 (the movie). To be honest it was really random, we were watching the bus and a guide came to speak with us, and propose to do a free tour to the museum.During the way to the museum we had a chat with a passionated old man who explained the story of the bus. The museum is really interesting even if like us you don’t have a huge interest in transport, but what a fantastic experience to see this part of the manchester history.
I strongly recommend.
Written 18 September 2021
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Timtom124
Manchester, UK265 contributions
Family
Really good few hours, visited with our 3 year old son who loves all types of transport. He had a great day climbing on the buses (that were available to go on) and pretending to drive the tram.
Entry price was £5 an adult and free for my son. Cafe on site and very reasonably priced , all staff / volunteers were knowledgeable and very helpful.

Parking is street parking but seemed to be lost of spaces, though you could park at Manchester Fort (shopping business park) and it’s about a ten minute walk.

Well worth a visit whatever the weather 👍🏻
Written 29 August 2021
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Helen J
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Family
A great local museum. If you (or your children) are into buses, this is the place to come. Very friendly volunteers added a lot to the trip. Very clean and a great place to spend a few hours.
Written 20 August 2021
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